January 20, 2022

Coronavirus briefs 1/3

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Cortland County to give masks to businesses

Cortland County will distribute face masks provided by the state to businesses that need masks, the county announced Thursday.

The distribution will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cortland County Regional Training Center at 3577 Terrace Road, Cortland. Supplies are limited, and the number of masks that businesses get will depend on the number of people they employ.

Although Gov. Kathy Hochul said counties would get both masks and testing kits, Cortland County has received testing kits only for schools. Should at-home test kits be delivered to the county, it will distribute them.

The county also reiterated that while the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reduced its recommended quarantine and isolation time for people potentially exposed to COVID-19, the state Department of Health has not, so the county won’t, either.

The county has also completed the first three days of vaccinations clinics — it vaccinated more than 240 people on one day alone in Marathon. Registration for upcoming clinics over the next several weeks can be done at tinyurl.com/3ewhb5ty.

Cortland County adds 116 new cases, 1 death

Cortland County confirmed 116 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and one new death, bringing its total to 8,240 cases.

Tompkins and Cayuga counties reported 583 new cases Friday and Saturday. The number of people who have contracted the virus increased to 31,472 across Cortland, Tompkins and Cayuga counties since the pandemic began in March 2020. The number of people who have died from the virus has risen to 281.

  • The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 764 patients, 363 of them confirmed positive. Ten people were hospitalized. Since the pandemic began, 403 people have been hospitalized. The state Health Department reports 244,710 tests have been administered. The county has reported 90 deaths.
  • Tompkins County reported 386 cases Friday and Saturday, reports the state Health Department. The number of confirmed cases rose to 11,711. The state reports 2,830,358 tests have been administered. Seventy-one Tompkins residents have died.
  • In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported 197 new cases Friday and Saturday. Confirmed cases rose to 11,551. The state reports 302,018 tests have been administered. The state reports 120 people have died.

158,046 receive COVID vaccine in 3 counties

The state Health Department reports 28,492 Cortland County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or 59.6% of the county’s total population and 67.2% of its people over 18. A total of 55.7% of the county has been fully vaccinated.

In Tompkins County, 81,812 people have received at least one dose, or 79.6% of the population and 84.4% of people over 18; 73% are fully vaccinated.

In Cayuga County, 47,742 residents have received at least one dose, or 61.9% of the total population and 70.1% of people over 18; 57.4% are fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 15.75 million people have received at least one dose, or 84% of the state’s population; 71.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

Cortland County rate now at 595 per 100,000

Cortland County reported 283 new cases of coronavirus from Dec. 23 to Wednesday.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Cortland has 594.78 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

Cortland County was listed as having a “high risk” of transmission. The CDC recommends indoor masking in counties that exceed 50 cases per 100,000 over seven days.

The rates and risk, from the CDC:
Cortland: 594.78 — high
Tompkins: 609.71 — high
Cayuga: 436.17 — high
Onondaga: 633.62 — high
Broome: 646.23 — high
Chenango: 391.89 — high
Tioga: 514.49 — high
Madison: 494.78 — high